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Payments for operations will be standardised

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:367
  1. Coombes Rebecca
  1. London

    The national tariff for clinical procedures in the NHS, published by the government last week, is too crude a system to be fair to all hospitals, the BMA has warned.

    The price list for 48 common NHS operations is part of a bid to improve efficiency and tackle large variations between hospitals in costs. Under the tariff, to be rolled out nationally over the next four years, hospitals will receive a set cost from the primary care trust for procedures such as cataract, hip, and heart bypass operations. Hospitals that can provide services at a cost below the national tariff can use a proportion of the “profit” to improve services.

    Health minister John Hutton said trusts that spend …

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